No matter how careful you are about protecting your skin from the sun, there will always be days when you don’t get it right. For example, you might forget to reapply your sunscreen or misjudge how intense the sun is. Even when you do get it right, it can begin to show on your skin if you spend a lot of time in the sun. This sun damage can impact our confidence in our appearance.
If this sounds familiar, you are likely looking for a way to improve the texture and tone of the skin. Fortunately, there are some options to help improve your skin’s condition.
UV rays are dangerous because when they interact with our bodies, they produce free radicals. These molecules can cause damaging oxidation reactions within your skin cells. That’s why antioxidants are often included in age-related skin products. They prevent this from happening.
Your body naturally creates some antioxidants, but it can only do so much. Topical skin products that have reasonable amounts of antioxidants in them can help to boost your body’s work and prevent further signs of ageing from becoming visible.
As well as topical skincare, it can help to have a diet high in antioxidant-rich foods, such as berries, artichokes, colourful fruit and vegetables and nuts.
Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A. Studies have shown that it successfully reduces the signs of ageing. It does this by increasing the production of lipids on the skin’s surface and speeding up the regeneration of skin cells. This is ideal for combating the signs of ageing caused by the sun.
You can easily find plenty of products that contain retinol. However, it is important to fully understand how it works, as there can be some side effects. Furthermore, retinol takes a bit of time to work. That means you need to be patient. Many people try these products and finding they don’t work quickly, use larger and larger amounts. Unfortunately, the result of this is dry and irritated skin, which is a step backwards.
Renuvion is a groundbreaking treatment that can provide impressive results without the need for invasive surgery. It can produce tightening of the skin and soft tissues. The result is improved skin texture and appearance.
Renuvion works by using radio-frequency energy to produce a stream of cool plasma, which the surgeon can target with extreme precision. This stream of plasma gently heats the surface of the skin. This causes the cells to contract and tighten. This is why you can see results so quickly.
The other effect of the heating is that it triggers your body to start producing more collagen. The collagen begins to flood the area over the next few months and maintains an improved appearance.
Because of how Renuvion works, the effects are very long-lasting, provide you continue to care for your skin.
As it is a minimally invasive procedure, your surgeon can complete the work in around 30 minutes. You can also go home the same day, usually within an hour of your treatment.
The precise nature of Renivion means that a skilled surgeon can use it to make exact changes and see the effect in real-time. This makes it perfect for use in areas often affected by sun damage, such as the upper chest and neck.
INTRAcel is a powerful tool for improving the condition of your skin. It is especially effective in places where skin tone and firmness has diminished. It’s an excellent option for anyone who wants significant results but is uncomfortable with having an incision made.
INTRAcel uses microneedle. The surgeon can calibrate these tiny needles to reach different depths. With this, your doctor can target the treatment exactly where it will do the most good. In addition, the needles carry with them a small amount of radiofrequency energy. They deliver this directly to the skin and soft tissue cells.
The combination of the RF energy and the needle causes a small amount of damage to the cells. This triggers your bodies natural healing abilities. As a result, the skin becomes firmer and more toned as collagen is produced.
Because the treatment doesn’t require any surgery, there is practically no recovery time. In addition, before you get your treatment, the nurses will put an anaesthetic cream on the area, so the discomfort during the procedure is minimal as well.
How quickly you’ll see results will depend on your situation. Your doctor might suggest that you have a few treatments as a package. The typical spacing is 4-6 weeks between appointments. For most people, 2 -5 treatments are ideal for getting the best effect.
No matter what state your skin is in, one of the most important things you can do to maintain its condition is to remember to follow the basics of good skincare, especially during the summer.
The most important thing to keep as part of your routine is a high SPF sunscreen, which you reapply as needed. Staying well-hydrated can also help your skin deal with the immediate effects of too much sun and minimise future damage.
If you decide to opt for a treatment to reduce the signs of sun-damaged skin, then it still remains important to maintain a quality skincare regime. To find a tailored skincare regime, Dr Comins will be happy to discuss your unique skin needs and find the right skincare system for you.
If you are looking to increase your skin confidence are interested in pursuing treatments, your best first step is to arrange a skincare consultation. Speaking to a skilled doctor can help you get a clear picture of what is achievable and which treatment option would suit your unique situation.
You can make an appointment to speak to Dr Mike Comins. He is a skilled and experienced surgeon who can take you through all of your options. If you decide to go forward, he would also be the surgeon performing your procedures, so you know exactly who’s hands you’ll be in.